High School Musical 2 Breaks Cable Television Records

The Disney Channel original movie High School Musical 2 broke records on Friday night as 17.24 million people tuned in to watch the sequel to last year’s hit. The movie’s large viewership during its first airing made it the most-watched telecast on basic cable ever. It surpassed the previous record holder, the New York Giants–Dallas Cowboys game on 2006 October 23 on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, which averaged sixteen million viewers.

I must admit that I was one of those millions who watched Musical 2. My wife and I and our five-year-old son all sat down together Friday night and had a great time watching the singing and dancing. Was it corny? A little bit, yeah. But it was also good, clean wholesome television — something that is becoming increasingly rare these days.


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